Opting for a double barrel surname after marriage is becoming a more and more popular decision for UK newlyweds. Wanting to follow tradition, and yet being reluctant to lose heritage and identity, using a double barrel surname can be a fantastic way to get the best of both worlds.
With a surname like mine, (Sack is a Jewish-German surname which is almost unheard of in the UK!), I really sympathise with newlyweds who are unsure about ditching their maiden name and taking on their spouses surname. A double barrel surname can be a neat solution, if you and your Partner’s names sound good together.
There is a lot of confusion about how to go through the process of taking on a double barrel surname after marriage, so I thought I would give an outline of what needs to be done below.
Straightforward Double Barrel Surname Option
If you wish to add your partners name to your own, to create a straightforward double barrel surname, then you can go about your married name change as usual (using one of the MyMarriedNameChange.Com packs will save you hours of time and hassle). An example of this would be taking your name ( lets use Lisa Smith) and your Partners’ name (for example John Peters) to become a new double barrelled name: Lisa Smith-Peters. There is no need to use a deed poll to change your name, as it is clear where the names have been derived from and both you and your other half can ‘assume’ the new double barrel name.
Some Companies will need to see your Marriage Certificate when going through the process of changing your name, but one of our name change Packs will tell you exactly who needs to see what – you can choose from over 380 Companies who you wish to notify.
Creating a new word for your Surname
If you want to create a brand new word out of your Partners name and your own. This will count as a new Surname, rather than a double barrel surname, so you will need to do a deed poll to action this name change. You can still use one of our Packs, but you will need to do a separate deed poll as many Companies will need to see this before they can update your details. An example of this would be taking your name (Lisa Smith) and your Partners’ name (John Peters) to become Lisa Smeters.
Keeping your Maiden Name as your new middle name
Taking on your Partners surname, but using your Maiden name as a middle name. Again, this is not a straight forward double barrel and you will be creating a new name for yourself. This means that you will need to use a deed poll to officially change your name. Again, you can still use our Packs for your name change, but you will also need to do an official deed poll to take on this new name – using the above example, this would then be Lisa Smith Peters.
Whatever route you choose to take with your married name change, I hope you enjoy your new name and wish you and your Beau a long and happy marriage!
Huge congrats to you if you’re a newlywed this Summer! After your wedding is over and you’re settling into life as a Mrs, you’re probably beginning to think ‘How do I change my name after getting married?’… This can seem like a rather daunting (not to mention boring!) challenge to embark on – so to help you out, I have written a little guide for you today. If you don’t fancy going through this rigmarole, I have two services that can save you lots of time and hassle here.
How do I change my name after getting married?
If you are going to be changing your name, you will need to update all of the Companies and Organisations that you use and are associated with.
You will need to:
- Find out who you need to notify.
- Whether to inform them by phone, web form submission, email, letter, fax or in person.
- If you need to send an original or copy of your Marriage Certificate, or if they don’t need to see a copy at all.
- Create your emails, letters and faxes and send them off to the correct place.
- Keep track of what you have sent where, so that you can follow up if need be.
- The companies and organisations who you need to update may include: Government Departments including Child Benefit, DVLA, Passport etc, Banking, Breakdown Cover, Car Insurance TV, Broadband, Home Phone and Mobile, Credit Cards and Store Cards, Energy Provider, Health Insurance, Home Insurance, Loyalty Cards, Online Shopping and Social Media, Pensions, Water Provider.
How do I change my name after getting married? How MyMarriedNameChange.Com can help:
At MyMarriedNameChange.Com, we have done all of the leg work for you – you can simply fill in our secure five minute online form where you can choose from over 380 companies that we have personally researched for their name change requirements. We then create you a tailor-made pack along with all of your letters, faxes and emails ready to sign and send. It will save you hours of research time and hassle – you can find out more here: https://mymarriednamechange.com
How do I change my name on my passport is probably one of the things you are thinking about if you are going to be getting married and going abroad on a honeymoon. If you are going to be changing to a new name after you get married, you may find one of our new married name change packs very useful – you can find out more here.
As ‘How do I change my name on my passport’ is one of the top reasons for you lovely lot visiting MyMarriedNameChange.Com, I thought it would be helpful to give you a quick guide to advise you on what needs to be done.
Firstly, you must decide whether you want to change your name before or after the wedding ceremony. The name on your passport must be the same one you use when you book your travel.
How do I change my name on my passport before the wedding ceremony?
- You can change the name on your passport up to 3 months before the ceremony. Your old passport will be cancelled.
- Your new passport is ‘post-dated’ – this means you can’t use it before the ceremony.
- Some countries won’t issue visas for post-dated passports – check with the country’s consulate. More information here: https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/foreign-embassies-in-the-uk
- You must send a ‘passports for newly weds and civil partners’ form (you can find this form here: https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/passports-for-newly-weds-and-civil-partners ) and it must be signed by the religious minister or registrar who will conduct the ceremony, with your application.
There is more information along with the Forms that you can use for applying for a new passport in advance of your wedding here: https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/passports-for-newly-weds-and-civil-partners
How do I change my name on my Passport after the wedding ceremony?
Send the marriage or civil partnership certificate when you apply for your new passport. Follow the process for renewing a passport – but send the appropriate documents with your application – you can find out more information here: https://www.gov.uk/renew-adult-passport
Remember – You won’t need to change your name on your passport if you will be keeping your name the same after getting married.
I have taken the above information from the official UK Government Guidelines which are correct as at 02.07.16. Before you decide on whether to change your name on your passport before or after your wedding, please do check in on the latest Government guidelines here: https://www.gov.uk/changing-passport-information/overview
If you need to update your married name information with more than a couple of companies and organisations, you may find the MyMarriedNameChange.Com service a great time saver. You can choose from over 380 companies who you wish to update and your fully personalised pack with ready made letters, faxes and emails will be sent straight out to you. Prices start from under £20.
Wishing you a wonderful honeymoon!
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I know that a lot of you come to this site looking for some guidance and advice on where on earth to start with the daunting task of changing your name once you are married.
If you are going to be taking on your partner’s surname or going for a double-barrel, updating all of the companies that you are associated with can feel like such a chore. Which it inevitably is! So I have created a helpful free married name change guide which you can use to get yourself organised and prepared for what you will need to do next.
What I cover off in the Free Married Name Change Guide
- Some handy information that you can refer to regarding the tradition of changing your name once married in the UK.
- A hit list of all of the companies and organisation types that will give you a great prompt to remember all of the different ones that you use.
- A tick list for you to add in the companies for you to research and contact.
I hope that this free married name change guide will give you a head start on the name change task and will help to make it all feel a little less overwhelming and a little more organised.
And if you just don’t fancy the thought of having to do it all yourself, we offer two fantastic married name change service packages to make things as easy as possible. Check out what’s included below!
The Standard Name Change Personalised Pack includes: Detailed instructions for how to update your chosen Companies and Organisations of your new married name with step by step instructions for whether each requires you to call, email, write, fax or visit in person. • Choose from hundreds of Companies and Organisations: We have personally researched over 300 Companies and Organisations for you to choose from • Your letters and faxes emailed to you, ready to print, sign and send: Your personalised letters and faxes ready populated with all of your information, ready for you to print out at home and send • Forms: Where your chosen Companies or Organisations require you to fill out a form, we will attach a copy of this for you at the end of your Personalised Pack, ready for you to complete and submit. • Template Letter, Fax and Emails: Where the Company or Organisation is not included within our list of over 300, we have included letter, fax and email templates for you to use and submit. These are suitable for Doctors, Vets and Schools etc. If you have chosen to upgrade to the Premium Printed Name Change Pack, you will receive all of the above by email and by post.